A potential fifth victim has been identified in a “shopping cart killer” case involving an alleged serial killer in Northern Virginia, which criminal experts have warned about the dangers of online dating.
Authorities believe the suspect Anthony Robinson made contact with the victims via dating websites, describing it as “toy stores” for the killers in Houston’s Andy Kahan’s Crime Stoppers “Justice w / Judge Jeanine.”
“The darkest part of online dating apps is luring millions of women, perhaps … a fatal risk,” he said. “There are no background checks; we all know that sex offenders troll it. When you disclose personal information and continue to meet people you don’t know, you’re basically playing Russian roulette in your life.”
Virginia police have identified the fifth potential ‘shopping cart killer’ victim
“It’s like a toy store for wannabe serial killers with unlimited supply.”
Investigators believe the remains of Robinson, who was arrested and charged in November for the murder of two other women, were transported to the bodies of his victims in a shopping cart before their remains were found in Harrisonburg, Va. But the case sheds further light. Joe Gamaldi, the National Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police, points out the rising crime rate across the country.
“This is a complete reminder to the American public about how dangerous our country is right now,” he said. “It’s not like it was a few years ago … So, when people are participating in online dating or meeting people to sell goods and services, you need to make sure you’re safe.”
Kahan explained that the nation is increasingly dangerous because of the repeated offenders released on criminal bonds after identifying 156 victims murdered by the accused in these categories.
Kahan recalled the tragedy of a New Orleans police officer who was shot and killed while eating at a restaurant by a man on five felony bonds.
“We have failed our communities; we have failed our victims,” he said. “Enough is enough. The revolving door of the court has hurt, along with rational crime bond reform.”
Kaitlyn McFall of LBL contributed to this report.